Labour Day Protests For Social Justice – مظاهرة عيد العمال للعدالة الإجتماعية

I got this through the Al Masry Al Hurr movement, and I think it’s essential we all take part of this process. Our    revolution has had a lot of success so far but we still need to call on the government to put minimum wage as a top priority and put an end to the anti-strike law

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عيد العمال 2011  –  معاً من أجل العدالة الاجتماعية

الساعة الواحدة ظهراً بميدان التحرير

Minimum Wage Protest 2010 - Photo by Hossam El-Hamalawy


في 25 يناير 2011 نجح الشعب المصري في القيام بثورته الشعبية الباسلة التي أطاحت بنظام مبارك وسياساته التي أفقرت الشعب المصري، وبددت العديد من ثرواته، وهمشت دور مصر الدولي والاقليمى.

وهاهو الشعب المصري يخوض معركته من أجل التحول الديمقراطي والاجتماعي، وفى الوقت الذي تتسابق فيه القوى الوطنية من أجل تنظيم نفسها في أحزاب ونقابات وجمعيات يأتي عيد العمال ليقرر شعب مصر وفى القلب منه العمال الاحتفال به في ميدان التحرير تأكيدا لثورته التي رفعت شعار:

( كرامة….حرية…عدالة اجتماعية).

 لقد تمكن الشعب المصري بعد الإطاحة بمبارك من الحصول على قدر كبير من حريته، ومازال يناضل من اجل استعادتها كاملة، ويخوض معركته أيضا من أجل الكرامة والعدالة الاجتماعية باعتبارهما مرتكزين رئيسيين للتحول الاجتماعي المنشود، وإذ تدعوا القوى الوطنية والعمالية الموقعة على هذا البيان كافة جموع الشعب المصري للاحتفال بعيد العمال بميدان التحرير بداية من الساعة الواحدة ظهر يوم 1 مايو 2011 فإنها تؤكد دعمها للمطالب العمالية والاجتماعية التالية:

–        إسقاط قانون تجريم الاضرابات.

–        إطلاق الحريات النقابية.

–        تنفيذ الاحكام القضائية بحل مجالس إدارات الاتحاد الرسمى ونقاباته.

–        وضع حدين أدنى وأقصى للأجور بما يكفل حياه كريمة للعمال والموظفين ويكفل تقريب الفروق بين الدخول.

–        تثبيت كافة العمالة المؤقتة.

–        تعديل قانون العمل 12 لسنة 2003 بما يضمن استقرار وأمان علاقات العمل والحد من سلطات صاحب العمل في شأن قرارات الفصل.

–        عزل رؤساء وأعضاء مجالس إدارات الشركات والهيئات التي بددت المال العام وسهلت الاستيلاء عليه.

–        إلغاء كافة القرارات التعسفية التي صدرت ضد القيادات العمالية التي كانت تناهض الفساد.

–        إقرار برامج رعاية صحية واجتماعية للعمالة غير المنتظمة والمتعطلين عن العمل.

–        إقرار معاش بطالة لكافة المتعطلين عن العمل.

–        رد الدولة لكافة أموال التأمينات التي اقترضتها ولم تقوم بإرجاعها دون وجه حق.

–        استقلال موازنة التأمينات عن الموازنة العامة للدولة.

–        وقف العمل بقانون التأمينات الاجتماعية الذي أقر في عهد مبارك.

–        إيقاف سياسة الخصخصة التي بددت ثروات الشعب المصري.

–        كفالة حقوق الشعب المصري في السكن والعمل والتعليم والعلاج.

–        إيقاف المحاكمات العسكرية للمدنيين.

–        محاكمة كافة المتورطين في جرائم تعذيب الشعب المصري.

–        إلغاء حالة الطوارىء.

–        إعادة تشغيل كافة المصانع المتوقفة عن العمل والتي هرب رجال أعمالها.

كما تؤكد كافة القوى على أن التحول الاجتماعي والسياسي المنشود لا يعنى تغيير الأشخاص بقدر ما يعنى تغيير السياسات لضمان حقوق الفقراء والمهمشين في العيش بكرامة وحرية.

الموقعون:

* الاتحاد المصرى للنقابات المستقلة.

* نقابة الضرائب العقارية المستقلة

* اللجنة النقابية مطار القاهرة
* نقابة النقل الجوي
* نقابة العاملين بمستشفى منشية البكري
*النقابة العامة للعلوم الصحية
* النقابة العامة لعمال هيئة النقل العام

* نقابة أصحاب المعاشات
* نقابة عمال مراكز المعلومات (تحت التأسيس)
*عمال غزل شبين.

*عمال غزل المحلة.

*عمال الحديد والصلب بحلوان.

* نقابة العاملين بصناعة الأفلام (أول نقابة فنية مستقلة)

* اللجنة المصرية لحماية حقوق العمل.

* حملة معاً من أجل استقلال الحريات النقابية.

* اللجنة التنسيقية للحقوق والحريات النقابية والعمالية.
* المركز المصري للحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية.

*المبادرة المصرية للحقوق الشخصية.

* مؤسسة أولاد الأرض لحقوق الإنسان.
* مركز هشام مبارك للقانون.

* مركز النديم.
* جمعية النهوض بالمشاركة المجتمعية.

* مركز القاهرة لدراسات حقوق الإنسان.

* الشبكة العربية لمعلومات حقوق الإنسان.

* مؤسسة المرأة الجديدة.

* مؤسسة حرية الفكر والتعبير.

* الاشتراكيون الثوريون.
* حزب العمال الديمقراطي.
* تيار التجديد الاشتراكي.
* حزب التحالف الشعبي الاشتراكي.
* حزب الغد

* الحزب الشيوعي المصري.
* ائتلاف شباب الثورة
* الحزب المصري الديمقراطي الاجتماعي.

* الحزب الاشتراكي المصري (تحت التأسيس).

* الحركة الشعبية الديمقراطية (حشد).
* رابطة شباب الثورة التقدمي.
* اتحاد الشباب الديمقراطي.
* اتحاد شباب الثورة.
* حركة شباب من أجل العدالة والحرية.
* حركة ٦ ابريل.
* الجبهة القومية للعدالة والديمقراطية.
* حركة المصري الحر

* تحالف المنظمات النسوية
* اللجان الشعبية للدفاع عن الثورة

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A day in Niqab in the midst of the Cairo Salafi movement [Part 2]

The day started as any other. It was a Friday, and I headed down to Tahrir Square in Cairo to participate in the protest to “Save the Revolution”. I bumped into my friend from university, Amina Ismail, there who told me she was going to dress in Niqab and attend a Salafi conference and asked if I wanted to join. I ended up having one of the most interesting days of my life.

There is a lot to write about it, so this post will be divided into several parts.

Part 1: A day in Niqab

Part 2: The Salafis are taking over Egypt (omg!)

As we drove through the city, three girls in Niqab, listening to hip hop music on the way (music that neither of us normally actually listen to) we were headed to Amr Ibn El-Aas Mosque on Friday April 1st to attend the Salafi Conference.

Driving through Masr El Adima neighbourhood, we stopped by a local Cafe (or Ahwa) to make sure we were headed down the right path, as soon as I lowered the window the man said “Yes, yes, you’re on the right track, keep on driving”. Apparently it was evident to the man where we were headed.

The Salafi Movement Conference

Upon arrival at the mosque, the first thing we saw was a huge sign at the entrance “Egypt is an Islamic country, not a civil one nor a military one” along with another that read “There is no separation between the state and religion”. Red flags went up in my head. We walked into the mosque, took off our shoes and made our way into the women’s section. As we sat there, all we could do was listen to the speeches being made by the sheikhs. We couldn’t hear half of what was being said due to the fact that the speakers used were terrible and the amount of children running around and playing did not help. That is why some of the information I will share from what was said at the conference is first hand information I heard there, while some will be gathered from news reports about the conference and attributed.

This conference was called “The Salafi Movement Conference” and hosted some of Egypt’s most prominent sheikhs in support of the Salafi movement including Mohamed Ismail El Mokadem, Said Abdelazim, Yasser El Borhami and Ahmed Farid.

Abdelazim mentioned that Egypt should be run according to the Sharia law, he went on to say that not only Egypt but the whole Arab world should be run by Sharia and should not be split into different states. He discussed that the way the Arab world is divided is due to European colonization and is not based on more than that. He said that we should all live according to Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) way of life. According to Ahram Online, Abdelazim also mentioned that the media had a huge attack on the Salafis in the past weeks and mentioned that they need to get their sources and information straight before they publish any information about the movement. Sheikh Berhamy also mentioned that there were rumors that the Salafis were to attack unvieled women and destroy moslaeums built in mosques and called them lies. He said the Salafi movement strives to change people’s attitudes through preaching and not violence.

Sheikh Abdelazim discussed the vote on the constitutional amendments and made a statement that the result turning to “yes” proves how strong the Islamic movement is. Even though it has been argued that most people who votes yes did so for the sake of “stability” or for their own valid political reasons rather than anything to do with article 2 of the constitution which states that Egypt is an Islamic country and that the Sharia law is a main point of reference. An article that was not even up for referendum. He labeled possible presidential candidates Mohamed El Baradei and Amr Moussa along with prominent business man Naguib Sawiris as “Liberals” who were campaigning for the “No” vote.

What now?

A Sheikh and Priest walk through Tahrir on Friday as a symbol of National Unity. Photo by Deena Adel

This information is not new in anyway. We all knew that the Islamic movements in Egypt want Egypt to become an Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. Just like the liberals want Egypt to become a secular state, just like the socialists want Egypt to become a socialist state. With the January 25th revolution, all these different groups that were previously suppressed by the government started appearing in the media and going public with their message. Then again, isn’t that what we were fighting for? Freedom of expression and liberation? We all knew these groups existed, and they have a voice. Some of them are extreme, yes, and any violence should be punishable by law. Then again its up to us to form groups, movements and parties to represent us in the political arena. The brotherhood, the Salafis and other movements should have a voice, as they do represent a certain amount of the population. Other ways of thinking should be represented and be part of legislation and decision making as well. As long as we will hopefully have a constitution that protects our freedoms and rights as citizens of this country, no matter our gender, religion or beliefs, then there is no fear of the “Isamic Monster” the old regime used to keep convincing us that their oppression would be better than these extreme Islamic movements.

I leave you with this video from the Bassem Youssef Show  (Arabic) Egypt’s very own Jon Stewart. In this episode he disucsses the Constitutional Referrendum that took place last month. This somehow was one of the main events that shed a lot of light on the Salafis in Egypt, and made it seem that 77% of Egyptians voted yes because the Salafis and Muslim Brotherhood pushed them to do so. Whereas as I mentioned above many people voting yes, were voting yes for political and economic reasons. He satirically shows that we have many different, and mostly opposing opinions and political ideologies in Egypt, and of course we’re at a phase where they are clashing because for the first time in decades they have the freedom to speak and act somewhat freely. However, we will find a common ground between the islamists, liberals, conservatives…etc where we can all co-exist freely, just like we did in Tahrir square just a few months back.

A day in Niqab in the midst of the Cairo Salafi movement [Part 1]

The day started as any other. It was a Friday, and I headed down to Tahrir Square in Cairo to participate in the protest to “Save the Revolution”. I bumped into my friend from university, Amina Ismail, there who told me she was going to dress in Niqab and attend a Salafi conference and asked if I wanted to join. I ended up having one of the most interesting days of my life.

There is a lot to write about it, so this post will be divided into several parts.

Part 1: A day in Niqab

Part 2: The Salafis are taking over Egypt

I have always struggled with where I stand on Niqab. On one hand, I consider myself quite a liberal individual and a supporter of women’s rights and equality, so the idea of Niqab always made me uncomfortable. Why would a woman choose to be invisible, not to have a presence, and confine herself in this role? I would ask myself. However, I’m also a supporter of freedom of choice, and the freedom to live one’s own life as they please. So if a woman chooses this, then shouldn’t I be the first to respect that choice and let go of my prejudice? A constant struggle in my mind.

As I started to put on the Abbaya (the black loose curve free dress), the veil and the mask, I was already confused. My veil kept falling apart since I lack the skills to keep it on as I’ve never put on a veil in my life. The Burqa’, which is made up for four layers, two meant to be pulled back, and when in the front they show your forehead and completely cover your eyes. While the other two, are the ones below the eyes meant to cover the rest of the face. Every time I would bend down, or whenever some wind came along, the top two layers would cover my face and in the midst of confusion I’d tell my friends “I can’t see a thing, HELP!”, which they found hilarious every time.

Wearing the Niqab in Tahrir Square

As I walked through Tahrir, a place I’ve been frequently visiting since January 25th and a place where I’ve always felt the most free, all of a sudden a whole new set of feelings washed over me, none of them associated with freedom. I felt hot and uncomfortable. I couldn’t really see properly, and could only smell cloth. I bumped into people I knew, and my initial reaction was to go say hi when I caught their eye. But wait, they had no idea who I was. It was like my entire identity was erased. I was no longer Rowan as I’ve always known her. I was another person. A person who is ultra-religious. A person who chose to hide her identity in public. A person who chose to only be seen by family or another woman. I was someone who always dressed the same. It felt strange knowing that I had on my everyday clothes underneath, knowing that I’m still me, but no one sees it but myself. I don’t think I’ve ever felt less special. Even when I went home later dressed like this, my mother didn’t recognise me, not even when I spoke.

As sexual harassment (including groping, cat calling and stares from men) is so common in Egypt. And since I experience  it a lot in the kind of clothes I wear (that are not inappropriate or anything, really) I had heard that women in Niqab still experience harassment, less than us, but it was still there. I was very curious to see peoples’ reactions to me, particularly men’s. In all fairness I didn’t get harassed.  People’s reactions however, were another story. Some completely avoided looking at me or catching my eye, almost as if in fear of me. While others would just blatantly stare right at me in disbelief. There were some who just reacted to me in the same way they probably would have if I was myself though.

What struck me also, was the expectations that are put on a woman in Niqab. My friend Deena, also in Niqab, had her professional camera as we walked around, and was taking photos of the small protest in solidarity with the third Palestinian Intifada. I thought she looked so weird, and so did people around us, who would just pass by and stare. A feeling of guilt swept over me for feeling that way though. I mean, just because a woman chose to wear Niqab, does that mean she has no passions, no interests and no hobbies but praying, reading Quraan or getting married and having babies? I hated myself a little for feeling awkward to her taking photos with that camera. At the same time, I questioned whether it was a fair prejudice to make since the Niqab is not just about what you wear, but rather a series of life choices that come with it. Like when my other friend, Amina decided to put up the Niqab in the middle of Tahrir because she felt too hot and suffocated. A woman and a man sitting next to us on the curb started arguing with her on how she’s misrepresenting Niqab and that she has no right to do this. As we walked away from them, with Amina complaining that they had no right to butt in and tell her what to do, I found myself questioning out loud whether I agreed or disagreed with them. Another mind-boggle.

An intriguing situation happened to us while we were at the Amr Ibn El Aas mosuqe listening to the Salafi sheikhs (of course listening, not seeing, as we were sitting in the women’s section of the mosque where we had speakers that had horrible quality, not to mention the insane amount of kids running around and playing). As we sat there, a woman approached us and asked the three of us “How old are you girls?” and we answered “23”. She explained that she wanted to find a bride for her 38 year old brother, and asked if we knew a “pretty bride” (aka 3arousa Amoura) like us but a bit older. I found this peculiar. She knew nothing about us. All she could tell was that we were religious. And that was apparently all she was looking for in a bride for her brother. I was struck with how different people can be. I cannot imagine anyone looking for my life partner on my behalf. Not to mention that the search would be based on only one aspect I might add.

At the end of the day, I don’t know if I can extract lessons learned from this experience to share. All I can really say is that walking in another persons’ shoes has never felt so real.

Keeping the pressure for Radwan

We’ve all seen from recent events around the Arab world that authoritarian regimes tend to cave to pressure (unless they are Gaddafi, but he is a madman not just a dictator). This is just what Radwan’s family and friends are doing to free him. With a successful social media campaign, many Egyptian activists on their side and regional as well as international media attention they are definitely playing this right.

Muhammad Radwan, is a 32 year old Egyptian and American engineer. He’s been living in Syria for almost a year running a company his father owns shares in. Last Friday, Syria saw another eventful day in a series of days of an uprising. Radwan being the curious person he is, and according to his mother due to his love of taking pictures and most recently tweeting, he was last seen at the Ummayid Mosque where he made this last tweet.

The “Confession”

A day later we find him on television making this “confession”:

He says that he was in touch with a Colombian that was referred to him by a friend because he was looking for someone to talk to in Syria. He said he agreed to send this person pictures and video for 100 Egyptian Pounds per picture and the price of the video hadn’t been decided. They asked him on a completely different note if he had ever been to Israel, and he admited to going and meeting a friend there. He also explained that he asked them not to stamp his passport and went through Jordan.

There are so many things wrong with this “confession” that we just have to believe that the authoritarian Syrian regime made him make this bullshit confession, just like Gaddafi’s regime made another Egyptian volunteering in Libya confess to being with Al Qaeda and coming to disrupt libya:

1. Radwan is a well paid engineer, if he were to help a journalist or give photos he wouldn’t do it for money or he would charge A LOT of money, not 100 LE which is the equivalent of 15 USD.

2. According to his cousin Tarek Shalaby, this Colombian works for “Radio Colombia” and Tarek was the one who put them in touch. So this guy works for Radio, therefore he would not ask Radwan for photos nor videos as they are of no use for him.

3. According to Radwan’s family, he has never been to Israel. And even IF he has, Radwan is a traveler, and he would have gone to see Jerusalem like any other tourist does.

The Social Media Campaign:

On Twitter and Facebook, Radwan’s family launhed a massive social media campaign to raise awareness about their detained cousin. Very quickly the world caught on and to date there are over 5000 likes on the Facebook page and constantly updated tweets following the hashtag #FreeRadwan. These initiatives may seem small compared to someone like Reuters covering this story. However, let’s not forget that the January 25th Facebook event came before the cameras. And social media is definitely a very powerful tool in rallying people.

Media Coverage & Free Radwan Rallies

Radwan’s case, thanks to its strange nature and the efforts of his friends and family, has recieved  a lot of media attention. However, a lot of the media coverage, labels the video above as a confession to selling photos to Israel or confession to being a spy. Whereas, it actually is not what he said. The Syrian regime put it in that context, but he actually confesses to nothing. He only says he’s been to Israel and planned to send photos to Colombia. All of a sudden you find news stories saying he confessed to selling the pictures to Israel or that he is accused of being a spy.

Around 100 protesters outside of Syrian embassy in Cairo

More photos of Protest in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo on Flickr.

Even with the somewhat exaggerated media, it is definitely helping his case. There have been protests staged to free Radwan in London, Texas and Cairo. In the Cairo protest, we stood silently in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo with flowers, posters indicating our one demand. After about an hour or so, the Syrian embassy opened its door to as many protesters as can fit in the courtyard and the ambassador and some officials came out to speak with Radwan’s mother and the protesters. He tried to explain that Radwan confessed, and that they need to go through with the investigation and promised Radwan’s mother, Maha, that if he was innocent the ambassador himself will go to her house and appologise. The protesters were not happy nor satisfied with what the ambassador had to say, except for one who kept praising the ambassador. Only later we found out she belonged to a certain state owned newspaper. (Side note: Reporters should really keep their opinions to themselves, especially when they work for state media.)

Here is a report from Ahram Online on the protest.

Radwan, the dude

Often described as a traveler, Radwan was born in the US, brought up in Saudi Arabia and has been traveling all over the world, most recently after saving up for years working he ended up on a long term trip to South America before moving to Cairo for a few months and then heading up to Syria last year. He’s one of those characters that is just living in his own world. Always has very interesting thoughts to share, has a mind of his own and often ends up misplacing things. I haven’t known him for long, met him a couple of times before he headed to Syria. It was when he came back on Friday the 28th and stayed till about a week after Mubarak was outsted, where I got to know him. We spent our Tahrir days in ‘Bansyon El Horeyya‘ also known as the ‘Freedom Motel‘ where Tarek had been camping for days. We also live quite close to each other so we went home together with others almost daily, and that took a while since every two minutes we were stopped by the neighbourhood watch and asked to show our IDs. Radwan is just a lovely person, he’s not a spy, or trying to create any sort of chaos. He’s a regular, politcally aware individual, who like his mother puts it “was in the wrong place, at the wrong time”. Oh yeah, and he has pretty eyes (like really pretty).

If you can help Radwan, in anyway you can please get in touch. Any pressure on Syria whether through contacts there, media pressure, foreign actors… etc. can help bring an innocent man home to his family and friends. His father is in Syria still trying to see him or get him to talk to a lawyer with not much luck. He really needs any help he can get.

Radwan on Friday January 28th Protesting in Cairo - Photo by Hossam El Hamalawy

Saturday: Super Moon and Democratic Practices

Even though I was pushing for a No to the constitutional ammendments since going into parlimentary and presidential elections with a new constitution that hasn’t been butchered by Mubarak and his thugs for 30 years meant we had a backbone to our revolution. However, it seems that the “yes” vote is the clear winner.

Usually what you are used to hearing during elections and voting procedures in Egypt is news of people arrested, people stopped from voting, lobbying inside, buses of people paid to vote and accounts of dead people voting. Even though yesterday was not perfect, including an attack on possible presidential candidate El Baradei and the arrest of human rights lawyer Ragia Omran, I have to say yesterday given the circumstances was very much a success.

25 million people voted, as opposed to 6 million people voting in November’s parliamentary elections. That is more than half of the people eligible to vote in Egypt. Not only that, this process was rushed, confusing and the Military Council did a very bad job in communicating the implications of voting yes or no. Yet within all these circumstances 25 million Egyptians still felt involved enough to go vote, and that is a clear indicator of political participation and interest as well as the success of the ongoing revolution.

Update since posted: Only 18.5 million people voted not 25 million as previously reported. For the more figures of the result of the constitutional referendum click here.

We have a lot of work to do, a lot awareness to raise. Political parties, movements and independents that are pro-reform, pro-democracy and want to work to make Egypt a country which stands for the revolutions slogans of freedom and social justice will need to work extra hard to get themselves represented in parliament. Citizens will also have to take an active role in raising awareness, lobbying for these groups and ensuring the voting population understands the implications of voting and the importance of their newly found voice.

On March 19th, Egypt witnessed what maybe is the first real democratic process it has seen in the past years. On March 19th also the moon was the closest to the earth it had ever been in 18 years. What better way to celebrate such a huge step for our revolution than under a moonlight so bright that it lit up Cairo’s already shimmering sky?

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سلطات الرئيس و شرعية الثورة تحكم علينا أن نصوت لأ

وحدة صحبتي بتدرس في جامعة أكسفورد بعتتلي المنشورة دي في ايميل بعنوان “ليه نرفض التعديلات و نطالب بدستور جديد”. يجب علينا جميعاً أن ننشر الوعي من خلال كل وسائل الاتصالات على فيسبوك و تويتر و ايميل و طباعة و توزيع. لو عايزين نعيش في ديمقراطية و حرية حقيقية لازم يوم السبت تطلع النتيجة لأ

ممكن تقرا أو تنزل منشورة من اللينك هنا   http://bit.ly/eLhopO

A good friend of mine studying in Oxford sent me this flyer titled “Why we say no to the amendments and demand a new constitution”. It simply explains all the aspects. We all have to spread awareness about this through all communication methods like facebook, twitter, email, printing hand outs… etc.  If we want to live in a free democratic country, the result on Saturday must be NO

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Why I’m voting NO

The Egyptian revolution has been a peaceful battle for change. This change is not just about Mubarak or his minions. It is about changing the entire way in which we live, work, produce and most importantly make decisions. A revolution by definition is overthrowing the old to bring in a new system. Our demand is a system that is based on democracy, active participation of citizens in decision making, and living in a society where the individual really matters.

Vote No!

However, next Saturday the army is asking us to vote on accepting or not the constitutional amendments that they have formed a committee to put forward. I’m not going to talk about the content, because that has been discussed by people who actually understand more what they are talking about, so there are many better sources to help one understand why they should vote yes or no in that sense. From my side I have another issue with it.

Why the hell is it happening so quickly?

The amendments were done to a constitution that the past government has been butchering for decades to support them in clinging on to power. Part of the revolution’s demands was a new constitution that supports freedom, democracy and social justice. This document is something that is meant to be sustainable, and we have pretty much agreed that this piece of paper we call a constitution is no longer valid. In fact one of the amendments is actually that within 6 months of a parliament being elected we will be drafting a new one.

Yeah we need to elect a new president, so we need rules on how one can get nominated and elected since the old ones no longer are valid. Fair enough. Just create temporary rules for that. But to change the constitution like this is completely exclusive. The ammendments just came out 2 weeks ago, and in a week we are expected to be ready to vote yes or no, when most of us don’t really understand what are the implications of this, and those who do understand do not have enough time to reach the voters.

I’m voting NO. Not because I disagree with the content (even though I do on some parts), but because I am against the process as a whole. Democracy means including people in decision making and having people make informed decisions, something that this process is just not giving us.

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